Washington: US President Barack Obama will
visit Australia in November to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the alliance between the two countries.
"At the invitation of Prime Minister Gillard, the
President will visit Australia on November 16-17 in connection
with the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance, which plays a critical role in the security of the entire Asia-Pacific region" the White House has said.
"Australia is one of the US` closest allies and our
troops have served together bravely in Afghanistan and
conflict zones throughout the world," it said.
This visit would immediately follow the APEC (Asia
Pacific Economic Council) Leaders Meeting hosted by Obama in
Hawaii and provide the two leaders an opportunity to build on
the APEC agenda and expand bilateral cooperation to increase
global economic growth, trade and jobs, it said.
Obama looks forward to consulting closely with Gillard on
global and regional issues in preparation for the East Asia
Summit to be held later that week in Bali, Indonesia, the
White House said.